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Mt. Jewett sewer board sticks by billing policy

January 11, 2012

Photo by Ted Lutz – The group includes, left to right, seated: Patrick McGuire, chairman; and Mike Wennerstrom, vice chairman; standing: Ron McElroy, Scott Hungiville and Larry Ross, all board members. Brett Morgan, another board member, did not attend the meeting.

MT. JEWETT – The Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority is sticking by a billing policy that has been established at previous meetings.
One part of the policy makes landlords responsible for delinquent sewer bills incurred by their tenants. Another section of the policy accepts a one-time-only excuse for not paying a bill on time.
Both issues surfaced Tuesday at the authority's monthly meeting at the borough building.
The board has advised Denis Rettger of Mt. Jewett that he is responsible for "unpaid sewer bills" for persons who pay him rent for mobile home sites along Maple Lane.
The state Municipal Authorities Act reportedly enables utility companies to make landlords responsible for unpaid bills. The sewer authority considers Rettger a landlord because he collects rent for sites in the mobile home court.
The authority's stance on the issue may result in the termination of the mobile home court.
Speaking at the meeting, Rettger said "I'll shut it down" if he's held responsible for a delinquent sewer bill incurred by a former occupant in the mobile home court.
"You're going to lose 10 customers," Rettger told the authority. "I'm not paying somebody else's sewer bills. It's not my responsibility."
Rettger said there now are 10 mobile homes located in the court. He said he charges $70 per month for each lot in the court.

Mt. Jewett Regional
Sewer Authority

When:  Tuesday, Feb. 14

Time:   7 p.m.

Where: Borough building, Center Street

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